Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This casino provides a card room atmosphere combined with dining and loyalty rewards. Players can take advantage of daily tournaments, instruction, or enjoy the American and Asian cuisine offered at the restaurants. Bay 101 Casino is foremost a poker club; however, the casino provides other popular California games.
The casino has 49 card tables with different variations of card games including Texas Hold’em, Omaha High-Low, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Baccarat, Blackjack, and Three Card Poker. Each game has its own set of collections taken before the game progresses. All games have a certain table limit or no limit respective of the game being played. The betting limits are set at each table to ensure all players are comfortable during game play.
Bay 101 Casino presents an elegant atmosphere with two restaurants and three dining options. Arriving at the casino players will discover an easy to navigate parking lot that is well lit during the evening hours. Security teams are provided for those who feel an escort is required after game play. The front entrance is marked with a spectacular dolphin fountain and marble. The doors are brass and glass to add to the sophisticated appearance of the San Jose casino. Though the location is relatively new, the ownership of the casino extends back to 1929 when it was considered a club rather than a full fledged casino. As a card room style casino, Bay 101 does not cater to slot machines, video poker, or other machines. They are strictly table games.
Games Offered at Bay 101 Casino
Bay 101 Casino has poker games and California games. Texas Hold’em and Omaha High-Low Split are the two most popular games available at the casino. Games have various limits ranging from $1 to $2 with a spread limit where it is possible to bet up to $200. The no-limit games begin at $1/$1/$2 and range up to $25/$50. Texas Hold’em is the most popular poker game available in the world. Players begin the game with two cards face down to form a hand. The hands are comprised of the five best cards among the hole cards and the community cards on the table.
Omaha High-Low Split is a variation on Texas Hold’em in which the high hand and low hand will split the pot. Players are given four cards at the beginning of the game and must use three of the board cards to make a high and low hand. It is possible for one player to win both the high and low hand. It is also possible to have the hands won by two different people at the table, where one wins the high and the other wins the low. In this game a person has a 50 percent increase in winning one of the stakes.
The casino offers a range of betting limits at the Texas Hold’em and No Limit tables. These limits are as follows:
3/6, 6/12, 8/16, 20/40, 40/80, 100/200, 200/400 for Texas Hold’em
1/2/2, 2/3/5, 5/5/10, 25/50, 10/20 for No Limit Hold’em
4/8 and 10/20 for Omaha
Bay 101 Casino as a card room offers 21st Century Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, 21st Century Blackjack, and Three Card Poker. 21st Century Baccarat requires the player to reach a hand with 9 as the total value. The game is played the same as regular baccarat except for one difference in which the odds are eliminated between the player line and dealer line wagers. It is replaced with a “barring” in which one specific bank hand can be the winner. The hand is the Dragon 7.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker has seven players, where one player is the dealer. Every player is given seven cards and the chance to arrange them in two hands. The first hand is made of five cards leaving two cards for the second hand. The five card hand must rank higher than the two card hand. The hands compete one at a time against the dealer like blackjack. The dealer hand is played against the player hands going in a clockwise motion. The player wins if both hands beat the dealer and lose if both hands do not. If either hand ties with the dealer this is a win for the dealer. The player pushes if one hand wins or the other loses. Pai Gow Poker uses a deck of 53 cards. In this game no suit is worth more than another but the card rankings remain the same.
Pai Gow Tiles
Pai Gow has always been an ancient Chinese game, meaning it was played with tiles long before it became Pai Gow Poker with cards. In this Chinese variant there are eight players with one player as the dealer. Each player will be given four tiles from the stock of 32. These tiles are placed in two hands based on a high and low hand. Like Pai Gow Poker each player will compare against the dealer to see which hands win against the deal. The following charts show Pai Gow Ranking information. There are other charts like the Single Rank, Pair Rank Wong, and Pair Rank Gong.
Bay 101 Casino uses this chart to determine the winners in Pai Gow Tiles. If a hand is won and another is lost this is called pushing where the player does not win. The player must win both hands to win.
21st Century Blackjack
Blackjack or 21st Century Blackjack can have 10 players at the table where one is designated the dealer. The players are still dealt two cards to begin. The difference in 21st Century Blackjack is that the cards are dealt face up except for the dealer’s first card, which is face down. Each player will compete against the dealer and try for a natural 21. The natural pays out 6:5 unless a tie occurs. In this game players cannot bust by going over 21; instead, a push occurs with 22-25. Players have to hit on 11 or less, but can stand or hit on 12 to 20. The dealer must stand on hard 17 and hit on soft 17. They must also hit on a hand lower than 16.
Three Card Poker
Three card poker is played with ten players and again one is the dealer/player. Each player will be given three cards face down. The dealer has two cards face down and one face up. Each player will make a bet including an optional bonus bet if they wish. The player will examine their hands to decide if play will continue. The active hands will then compete against the dealer to see who has the better hand. The dealer hand will not qualify if the bet receives no action or if the ante bet on any hand is paid even money. The player will win even money on the ante bet and play bet if their hand beats the dealer. The dealer wins if the player hand does not win. A push can also occur where the player’s hand and the dealer hand is the same.
Bay 101 Casino has a few house rules one must follow to play any of the above games. This casino is based on a collection system in which collections are taken in advance for any player to be able to play any of the games offered at the casino. No collections are taken from the bonus bet. The wagers must be within the table limits stated at the table of play. All wagers must be played with Bay 101 Casino chips. Cash is not allowed as a wager. Management has the right to make decisions that are in the best interest of the game and follow California gaming rules.
Bay 101 has three choices to enjoy a meal and beverages. Sutter’s Broiler is a relaxing location for drinks and dinner. It is possible to watch sports games on any of the flat screens in the sports style bar. These events can be from around the world. Sutter’s menu is filled with American and Asian dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu including breakfast is available 24 hours, seven days a week.
The deli is a New York style with sandwiches and other food. The deli also serves pastries, desserts, soups, pizza, tacos, burritos, fruit, and ice cream. The deli is a low key dining establishment with sodas and snacks.
For players who do not want to give up their gaming tables it is possible to order from a full menu of dishes and eat while playing. The meal is served by wait staff circling the floor. They will bring drinks, full course meals, and dessert to fit player’s needs.
Bay 101 Casino provides a pleasant atmosphere for play with some of the most experienced dealers available in the industry for the poker games. Dealers are willing to teach new players the various rules and game play. Bay 101 Casino uses Shufflemaster decks to handle the cards in order to make the games above suspicion. Typically, there are no wait times to join a table for any game during the week. Friday and Saturday wait times can be an hour or more for the popular poker games.
Players will not overheat in this casino with the high ceiling fans placed throughout the building. The vaulted ceilings offer an upscale feeling to the casino experience. The front entrance is marble with large brass and glass doors opening in to the gaming area. The walls have LCD screens to help keep players updated on outside events, poker tournaments, and other casino related details.
Safety is a priority for staff at Bay 101 Casino thus guests can feel comfortable as they move from table to table. There is a security team to escort players to vehicles should the need arise. This allows guests to feel comfortable and at ease in any situation, especially if a larger jackpot has been won. Parking lots are well lit.
Bay 101 Casino began as Sutter’s Club in 1929. Joseph Sutter Sr. built the club on Old Aviso Road and Highway 237 in Alviso California. The club was highly popular in the Bay Area. When Sutter passed away in 1947 Sutter Jr. took over the company. In 1961 he added five poker tables, changing San Jose gaming.
In 1992 the state widened highway 237 requiring the Alviso location to close. This provided a chance for a new site on Bering Drive. The new facility was renamed Bay 101 Casino and opened for business in 1994.The new facility is 72,000 square feet with 49 gaming tables, sports bar, restaurant, beauty salon, and deli.
Casinos tend to have loyalty and rewards programs to increase player interest. Bay 101 Casino has their own brand of this style program with a number of activities and events during the year. The casino also provides tournaments such as the World Poker Tour Shooting Stars. This tournament is hosted each year for regular players to test their skills against seasoned professionals. Each tournament features one professional player and the rest are regular players. A player who knocks a professional player out of the game wins a $5,000 bonus. The person remaining during the final round will win $1 million and entry into the World Poker Tour championship tournament.
Bay 101 open poker tournament is a registered tournament in which players must sign up and pay a small entry fee. The tournament lasts for ten days with various poker games played. The winner of this tournament walks away with $10,000. During the summer months Bay 101 has satellite tournaments with an entrance fee of $105 plus a $20 buy in fee. The player will have $1,000 in chips to play during the tournament. There is a re-buy in fee of $100. This tournament has 17 rounds which last 20 minutes each. Players progress until their chips run out and re-buys are no longer available. The winner is the last one standing with chips.
Events held during the year to entice interest in Bay 101 Casino include TYP, Rotary Club, Player Appreciation Week, Lips Tournament Reception, Food and Fund Drive, Toy Drive, and Christmas in the Park.
Player appreciation week is held after the WPT Shooting Star tournament is over. During this week the casino welcomes back their players with a week-long celebration. There will be events that discuss the history of poker. There is also a display of chips and other poker items.
LIPS Tournament Reception is all about Ladies International Poker Tournament in which all players are women. They are pampered with cheese and wine reception in the evenings before the tournament. The reception is by invitation only allowing the women players a chance to mingle and learn about the other players in the game.
TYP is a social event to help prompt community growth and development. Players and guests are welcome to attend the social events and community outreach. The casino provides special gifts and hors d’oeuvres to those who help out with TYP.